Like many other cooks I'm sure, I go through stages.
Sometimes I'm in "easy" mode,
if it takes less than 15 minutes to prepare...
Sign Me Up!
And then there are times when I feel more adventurous,
and love a full evening in the kitchen.
Last weekend I was feeling rather intrepid and
decided to cook something I'd never made before.
I love Thai food...
especially Pad Thai, it's one of my all time favorites,
but surprisingly I'd never tackled it before.
So after some searching for an authentic recipe,
(which...hint, hint is now on my Christmas wish list)
which I came across on the
fabulous Rasa Malaysia website.
After a trip to the local Asian market,
I came home with everything I needed to get started.
Now it was "mis en place" time...
There is a lot of prep for the recipe but it's easy prep,
just a lot of ingredients.
Then the real fun begins as you
get to cook and assemble the dish.
It smelled so good...
I couldn't wait to eat!
While I finished up the Pad Thai,
Chad was working on Steamed Dumplings
from an old Martha Stewart magazine
we found mixed in with our recipe books.
The end result....
|Pad Thai and Steamed Dumplings with Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce|
It was absolutely delicious!
I think the Pad Thai was as good if not better than the one we get
at our local Thai restaurant.
(That's me giving myself a little pat on my back)
And Chad's dumplings...
Sublime little pockets of glistening doughy goodness,
surrounding tasty mouthfuls of delectable filling.
So, while not a fast weeknight dinner...
there is something so satisfying about eating food
that you prepared yourself.
Steaming up my kitchen...
worth every drop of moisture!